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Meeting Up With Other Customer Service Professionals In San Diego

by Jeremy Watkin

pizzaThis post originally appeared on our customer-service blog at CommunicateBetterBlog.com

A little over a year ago, I made a terrific connection with author and customer-service expert, Jeff Toister. After attending a webinar about his book Service Failure, I began reading Jeff’s blog and communicating with him on Twitter. We eventually realized that we live less than a mile from each other, and have met a couple times to hike and talk customer service. Eventually, we arrived at the idea for a meetup for customer-service professionals in San Diego.

Last week, Phone.com hosted the meetup by opening up our office and providing refreshments. I had the opportunity to share some of the key components that we strive for when we talk about achieving awesome customer service. It was fun to give a tour of our customer-service operation and answer questions from attendees.

Jeff followed up with a discussion on the common customer-service challenges that we face. You can read a terrific recap of the event on Jeff’s blog.

Without going into great detail on everything we discussed, I thought I would share a couple of my takeaways from the event. First, we had people from various companies attend, including the San Diego Humane Society and Ideal Plumbing And Heating. These are customer service people who have a completely different base of knowledge and skills, and yet they face many of the same customer-service challenges we do supporting customers over the phone!

Second, I realized that networking doesn’t have to be scary. The people at the event, like me, were looking for ways to better serve their customers. What better way than to talk about the challenges we face and what we are doing to overcome them?

Phone.com’s Response to the Heartbleed Bug

by Jeremy Watkin

heartbleedWe want our customers and friends to be fully aware of the Heartbleed issue.

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.

Source: Heartbleed.com

This of course begs two questions:

What is Phone.com doing in response to the Heartbleed Bug? As of 11:00 PM Pacific time on Tuesday, April 8, our engineering team applied all of the necessary patches to the Phone.com network to ensure this vulnerability no longer exists.

What can you do to protect yourself as an Internet user? As many other companies have suggested, we recommend that you change your passwords for any online accounts that contain secure data and personal information, including your Phone.com account.

Finally, you may have received emails from many of the companies and online services that you use. The Heartbleed Bug potentially affects so many companies that it is critical that they update their systems. Here is a list of some of the major online services and the actions they have taken.

Also, please know that the security of your data at Phone.com is of the utmost importance to us.

Small Business, Global Presence. Yes, You Can!

by Adele Fredeluces

globalnumbersPhone.com makes it easy and affordable to support a business in several countries!

Need virtual numbers in different regions and the ability to call internationally? For Ofelos Media, a Phone.com client based in Cyprus, our phone service delivers all that and more!

Ofelos Media offers business and marketing services that help small companies expand and establish an online presence. Services include scanning and electronic archiving of documents, strategies for mobile and online marketing, and guidance on social media. Phone.com gives Ofelos Media the telephony resources to maintain their relationships with global clients, and enables them to operate economically.

While their main office is located in Cyprus, Ofelos Media has another office almost 2,000 miles away in Denmark, with each location using numbers local to those countries. “The features we love most about the [Phone.com] system is its ability to handle global numbers, which gives us a local presence in each country,” says Ofelos Media CEO Marianna Frangos.

At each office, Ofelos Customer Service Specialists also use Communicator, Phone.com’s soft-phone service, along with our iPhone app, so they don’t have to buy and maintain phone equipment. Frangos says that’s good business sense. “Communication is both effective and efficient … we have no upfront investment and no hardware to maintain, so we save time and money!”

As she does for Ofelos Media, Phone.com’s number specialist Jenny Dempsey can help you find the perfect local and global phone numbers for your business.  Marianna Frangos again: “Phone.com’s customer service is excellent! Jenny is always keen to help us with any problems that arise, and help walk us through Phone.com’s many features.”

San Diego Customer Service Meetup Hosted By Phone.com

by Jeremy Watkin

San Diego Customer Service Meetup

Phone.com and Toister Performance Solutions, Inc. are hosting a meetup event for San Diego customer service professionals on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30-6:30 PM Pacific time.

The evening will feature a grand tour of Phone.com’s awesome customer service operation, round table discussions about customer service and, of course, networking.

There are still spots available but they are going fast so sign up today. Click to sign up and learn more about the event!

10 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Business Over Spring Break

by Jenny Dempsey

iStock_000016271419SmallI really hope you’re not working during your Spring Break and, rather, sitting on the beach enjoying the sunshine. But if you’re not able to push the work aside, here are some ways Phone.com can keep you connected while you’re away.

1. Vacation Autoresponder
Tell your customers that you’re on vacation without even having to pick up the phone. Change your Menu or Voicemail greeting to announce the schedule adjustments to anyone who calls.

2. Voicemail Notifications to Email and SMS
Again, no reason to answer the phone! Kick up those feet and let the calls roll to voicemail. You’ll receive an email and/or SMS notification that you have a message waiting for you.

3. Fax to Email
No need to hang out near the office fax machine for your paperwork to arrive. Get your toes in the water and wait for the faxes to come to YOU. We’ll send faxes to your email in a .PDF format. Talk about easy livin’!

4. Schedules
So maybe you will have to work while on vacation…but only from 9:00 AM to Noon—then it’s party time! Set schedules to route to your cell phone during work hours and forward to a coworker, stuck in the office,  during the remaining work hours.

5. Voicemail Transcription
What’s that sound? It’s silence! Haven’t heard that since your last vacation three years ago? Well, keep it going and pop over to your email or SMS to read your voicemail. No listening required!

6. Call Routing Presets
Call Routing Presets allow you to create call handling rules pre-vacation and then apply them minutes before you board the plane to paradise. Keep these rules stored in advance for easy management of your call routing.

7. Call Forwarding
From sitting at your desk to sitting on the sand, you’ll be able to receive your business calls anywhere you go. Forward calls from your desk phone to your cell phone and utilize our Voice Tag feature to help you identify that the incoming call is for business and answering with beach slang, “Hey dude!” is probably not in your best interest.

8. Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android
Even if you’re miles away from your desk phone, you can still use your cell phone for outbound calls. Don’t worry—your personal number won’t be shared. Your caller ID will still display your business line! How’s that for ultimate privacy? Our Mobile Apps also allow you to view your Inbox, connect to a conference bridge and access your address book contacts. Check out our Apps by clicking here.

9. Communicator
Spring Break in another country can cost big bucks if you carry your cell phone with you. Give the cell a much deserved break and just bring your laptop. Phone.com Communicator will do the rest. You’ll be able to make and receive calls on your computer, as if you were sitting in the office. Just be sure to mute the phone when the Luau begins!

10. Call Notifications
Keep track of incoming calls to your business line from the comfort of your bed at the cozy B&B. Call notifications let you see who called your number, and when and how long the call lasted. You can have each  notification emailed or delivered by SMS to you, without having to kick off your fluffy slippers.

See? There are many ways to enjoy vacation and still get business done!

Happy Spring Time!